Imperial

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2890 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
At Imperial, Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley and the culinary team will re-imagine and re-present Pacific Northwest culinary pathways. Exemplifying Oregon’s own James Beard's culinary philosophy, Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley and his culinary team will explore menu ideas that have historic significance while exploring cooking methods and ingredients from the diverse bounty of our region. The most prominent feature of Imperial's kitchen is an impressive wood fire grill and rotisserie that will incorporate the use of native hard and fruitwoods. Inspired by warm, primitive, burning campfires and the big open spaces of the Pacific Northwest, Imperial will concentrate on natural and uncomplicated preparations, serving the community by celebrating its past and providing a welcoming and generous place to eat.


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vipjfmPortland
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, as always. Noise level is high, though. Challenging for a round table of boomers. (Was better after some loud fellow patrons left, but is an issue.)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and location! Coffee was good and food was pretty good! Service was ok

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BrandonG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our trip to Imperial was a mixed bag. We were told a large group had gotten in before us and caused the long delay. My wife had the pork chop, which was very bland. I order the short rib special, which would have been wonderful, but came out cold. The brussel sprouts were over cooked and had a slight burnt taste to them. Overall, you could tell under optimum circumstances our meal could have been good (other than my wife’s pork chop). All might have been caused by a weekend rush on restaurant week. Our server was professional and unsolicited sympathetic – he deserved high marks. We were not in any sort of rush because we were with good company, which was a good thing.

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danielr
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the flank steak and it was AMAZING!

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RobertH
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. Really was a great date night thanks to everyone at Imperial!

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AJayeA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic. We were offered seats at the chefs counter overlooking the wood fire grill, which was a fun experience. The chef was interactive throughout our meal, the food and drinks were spectacular. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My mom and I went here for brunch. We like to ramble around Portland and try out different spots and we had originally written off Imperial because we thought the menu was too plain. OMG WE WERE SOOO WRONG! The items they had on the menu were simple with a twist. I had the best fried chicken of my life here. So moist on the inside but crispy on the outside. I brought my leftovers to my boyfriend who ate it 2 hours after we got home which was actually about 4 to 5 hours later and he said it was still just as crispy. Don’t know how they did it but bravo. The only bad thing was we said we wanted boxes for our food and our waitress somehow thought we wanted our food thrown out so she tossed it but she was nice enough to make us another meal on the house to compensate.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Horrible service / great food. Would not come back solely based on how all the staff treated our group.

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vipadek
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Razor clam linguini - crazy good! And Timothy was a great ssrver!

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NickC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imperial had great food selection. The services was great, we left our orders to our waitress and she delivered!

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vipJeffR
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal; we miss the coal-roasted sweet potato, but plenty of other options. Short rib and risotto were excellent. Good GF and V options. Only note is that items from the big fire tend to arrive warm rather than hot, possibly because they’re waiting on rest of order? Still an excellent meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

DON’T waste your money here. We enjoyed our steak dinner last year so brought friends with us this time. I’m tired of being escorted past several empty tables( at least 20) to the back of the restaurant near the kitchen. Guess my color?
The Delmonico steak at $52 was TOUGH and DRY. The Brussels Sprouts were burnt. Portions laughable. We did like duck meatballs which cost $6 each!
The restaurant began to fill up and the only other party of Black folks were seated in the rear at the table we refused.
Never going back.
The waitress was informative but did not check on us during the meal. No pleasantries as we left.

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streighty
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the cocktails to the dessert was fabulous. Elk tartare is a must-have, as was the duck breast. Creamed kale was outstanding as well. A very nice dining experience that isn't too over the top.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Burger was good but our salmon and razor clam linguine was small and disappointing for the cost. Clams did not taste fresh. Suggest ordering the burgers and fried chicken.

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KimberleeH
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good brunch. Food was excellent. They serve one of my favorite teas and my friend felt that the coffee was excellent. You pay a bit more for the name, but the food was good.

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations on every front.

Great place for an affordable romantic date night

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krisiS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best!! We have been many times and many occasions. The service is always outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great, but the combination of an open kitchen, ambient dinner noises plus fairly loud piped-in music made it very difficult to talk to each other.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pretty loud, not good for a meal where you want to have a conversation. Food was okay a little pricey for basic fair, about on par with Downtown though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me la pas de maravilla, la cena verdaderamente riquísima.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Fried chicken was burnt, risotto was soupy, and salmon was chewy. Worst experience we’ve had at Imperial.

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RadianceH
1 review